What we want to tell you in this article is perhaps the best known among the legends related to the character of Polyphemus and Sicily. It has as its protagonist the fearless navigator Ulysses who boldly entered the dark cave of the Cyclops, awaits his return, hoping for his welcome. The brutal and cannibal Polyphemus, however, was not at all hospitable and finding them in front of him he grabbed some men and ate them, promising to Ulysses that he would eat him last. The king of Ithaca, however, did not reveal his true identity to the Cyclops but presented himself to him with the false name of Nobody. This is because otherwise Polyphemus would have remembered a prophecy that had warned him to beware of a certain Ulysses, a fearful man and maker of deceptions. Although trapped in the Cyclops's cave by a huge boulder with which Polyphemus closed the opening before going to graze his sheep, Ulysses still found a way out. He drunk the Cyclops with the wine he had brought with him from the ship and when Polyphemus was thrown on the ground in a drunken state, he blinded him, piercing his one eye with a pointed pole. The cyclops maddened by grief invoked the help of his companions; but as he kept shouting that "No one had blinded him," the other Cyclops thought he was mad and did not come to his aid. The following morning, taking advantage of the flock's exit to pasture, the astute Ulysses tied his companions under the belly of the robust sheep and managed to take them out of the cave, despite the suspicious Polyphemus checking the backs of his animals one by one. The Cyclops then realized too late that he had been mocked; he would have liked to respond to the offense with the same bestial fury with which he had crushed the shepherd boy Aci but this time he was blind. The huge boulders that he threw against Ulysses' ship, already on its way, grazed it without hitting it and remained stuck along the beach, forming one of the most famous landscapes in the world: that of the Rocks of the Cyclops. These rocks are called Faraglioni - a Byzantine term which means bubbling with foam - while the largest islet has been given the name of Lachea. Even this legend like that of Aci and Galatea has a very clear historical foundation: the Greeks wanted to give a fantastic explanation to an evident physical fact, a coastal volcanic eruption that generated gigantic natural monuments. In this wonderful environment, the great writer Giovanni Verga placed the scene of his immortal masterpiece I Malavoglia.